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Calipari thrills Wildcats faithful

Updated: October 18, 2009, 3:59 AM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Calipari won the election Friday night, winning the crowd and the popular vote with a speech that knocked the competition out of the water.

The man who has spent the past six months stumping from Paducah to Pikeville brought his campaign to an end Friday night, greeting his rabid faithful with a rousing, dais-pounding speech that was a cross between a political convention and a religious revival.

There were pyrotechnics and dramatic entrances; a country star ...

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